Sunday, May 18, 2014
Part 8 – Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together we solved one small riddle among many regarding the beasts of the Revelation. This blog delves into documented Biblical history, not the revised history created by scholars of the last one hundred years. Sometimes we don’t like how history sheds light on the sins of those who profess to be Christians in past decades, so they revise it so that it doesn’t point the finger, so to speak, at any modern denomination. But we are supposed to learn from history, not revise it, so my purpose in life is to shed a bright light on it all the dirty linen, so maybe I won’t repeat their mistakes.
Revelation is an historical record of the sins of empires of the past from whom we can learn. “And another sign appeared in Heaven; behold a great fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.”…Rev. 12:3. We will find that all beast references in Revelation are related, but different characteristics of its purpose are symbolized – and we will define the symbolism which will unveil the message.
The dragon in this reference symbolizes Satan, who symbolizes Paganism – Idolatry. The seven heads symbolize seven pagan empires on the earth. Horns symbolize seats of power. Ten horns symbolize ten subsequent seats of power related to the sixth head of the beast. Diadems or crowns symbolize royalty – power over a kingdom.The number seven means complete or perfection – God’s number. This symbolism tells us that God has permitted this beast to arise on the earth.
When John saw the vision of this beast, five of its seven heads – empires – had already been deposed, one empire was existing, and one was future. John was living in the existing empire – Imperial Roman Empire. In another vision John saw this same beast rising out of the sea, but now it looked “…like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”…Rev. 13:2.
Scripture asks the question, “Can a leopard change its spots?” John now sees the dragon (Satan) appearing like a leopard, symbolizing that all of the empires connected to this beast will not change their spots – Paganism will always rule. When John saw the seven-headed dragon transformed into a leopard, bear, lion combo, he was shown how these previous empires had fallen because of Paganism.
Daniel in his vision saw an image of a lion which symbolizes the Babylonian Empire. The image of a bear which symbolizes the Medo-Persian Empire. The image of a leopard which symbolizes the Grecian Empire. The image of great iron teeth which symbolizes the Imperial Roman Empire…Dan. 7:2-8. When John saw the images that Daniel had previously seen, three had already fallen, but he was living during the time of the great iron teeth empire – Imperial Roman Empire.
The most important image to focus on is the dragon who gave his power and authority to all of these empires – Paganism. The continuity of Paganism in all the beast empires is what Jesus was instilling in the mind of John.
More about the seven-headed beast was shown to John, “…and on his heads a blasphemous name.”…Rev. 13:1. Blasphemy means: disrespect for God and sacred things. In the original Greek text the word SCURRILOUS is written upon this beast. What does all of this mean?
The next time we get together we will begin to reveal what Martin Luther recorded, as he experienced the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, “And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which is full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”…Rev. 17:3. Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…